1. Serena Williams classy move ahead of her win against Simona Halep.
Serena Williams overcame Romanian Simona Halep in three sets on Monday night – but not before a very awkward moment walking out on to the court.
As the 23-time grand slam champion walked on to Rod Laver Arena, the announcer began: “The world’s number one player…”
“…from Romania, Simona Halep.”
”Please welcome world no.1..”
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Rather than bring attention to the gaffe, however, Williams simply turned around and walked back in to allow Halep to walk out.
The Romanian may be the current world number one, but Willaims managed to vanquish her last night.
Williams blazed through the first set in just 20 minutes but had to fight tooth and nail to put away the valiant Halep, prevailing 6-1 4-6 6-4 to book a quarter-final clash with Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova.
The victory, just 16 months after giving birth to daughter Olympia, secures an astonishing 50th grand slam quarter-final appearance for the 37-year-old American.
The seven-time Australian Open champion nonetheless played down her form heading into the final eight.
“I think overall I’m hanging in there … I’m solid,” Williams said.
“I can definitely go to a new level. I have to if I want to stay in the tournament.”